New UAE visa reforms help ensure expat kids education

Published:  29 Oct at 6 PM
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New visa reforms and promotion of youth employment are aimed at popularising the UAE as an education destination.

The UAE’s efforts to position itself as an international hub for education should please long-term expatriate professionals hoping to keep their kids with them throughout their education. The new measures are intended to promote the emirates as an education destination for international students as well as providing high quality learning for local youth. Since last month, grade 12 students dependent on their parents as well as university graduates can now apply for a one-year extension able to be renewed for a further year. In addition, grade school pupils can now take on part-time jobs and apply for work permits.

According to head teachers of well-known UAE education facilities, the sector is maturing rapidly, causing an increasing number of students to stay on into higher education. One international school which supports the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme has seen the programme creating an invaluable pathway for students as an alternative route to university as well as to career opportunities. Most importantly, the visa reforms will help students to find a career vocation in which they are passionately interested.

The key factor for the success of the new visa reforms is that students are given time to decide on their career paths whilst still having parental support, making it easier to transition from school to higher education and on to the jobs market. UAE universities are now developing specific courses suited to the local employment market as well as supporting internships either during or after schooling ends. For expatriate professionals newly arrived with their teenaged family, the new reforms should ensure the transition between the home country and the UAE is as successful for their kids as it will be for themselves.
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